We always look forward to a fun post from the Optical Vision Site, and this month, they delivered as usual with more tips for ECPs! Before this post, I wasn’t even aware of who Pierre Marly was, much less his contribution to bringing fashion into the eyewear industry. It’s an interesting read for those looking to take a quick break from work. Enjoy!
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Pierre Marly’s Contribution to Glasses Today
With much thanks to be given to social media, we find that today’s climate is saturated with self-proclaimed Fashionistas. But before stars were made with duds from ForeverXXI and H&M via selfies posted to Instagram and Tumblr accounts, the real stars were made on the silver screen and it was the most privileged and acclaimed fashion designers who dressed them. So, who are your style icons? Two starlets that come to my mind, and I think baby boomers and millennials alike would agree, are Sophia Loren and Audrey Hepburn. These exceptional beauties are perfect fashion plates that caught the eye of optician and eyewear designer Pierre Marly. In 1952 the Frenchman designed each actress her own frame, and the world took notice!
Pierre Marly is certainly the Homme to Know in eyewear both then and now. It is important to remember that in the 1950s there weren’t many options in eyewear fashion. In the mid-twentieth century glasses were worn out of necessity rather than thrill, but visionary Pierre Marly broke all the rules of design with the implementation of new materials beyond the regular acetate. Marly’s archival holds wood, horn of buffalo, leather, introduction of color, and pioneerism in shape and dimension. This is the man who paved the way for society to view Elton John’s or Lady Gaga’s eyewear choices as more than just an article to occupy space on your face…they make a statement!